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The relevance of ISO16890 for the HVAC and air filtration industries in USA

The new ISO16890 standard “Air Filters for General Ventilation” became effective on 01 Dec 2016. Criticism of the new standard, particularly in regard to its relevance in the North American HVAC market has quickly emerged via social media. This open letter is meant to address what we consider to be a misrepresentation of this valuable new global standard for the air filtration industry.
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Camfil welcomes new ISO 16890 standard

The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) has this week published a landmark standard for the air filtration industry. ISO16890 defines testing procedures and a classification system for air filters used in general ventilation equipment
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What is PM1 – Video

Air pollution is real so why don’t we see reports about PM1 the most dangerous particulate matter and the effects they have on the human body. See and learn more about PM1 and why we should be concerned about the so called protection of being indoors.
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Chris Ecob ISO 16890 – Video

Chris Ecob introduces the new ISO 16890 standard for testing and classification of air filters and offers interesting perspectives on the benefits for specifiers and users of filters.
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Two campaigns with the same aim

Titled BREATHELIFE Clean Air. Healthy Future. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has joined forces with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway to launch a global campaign aiming for increased awareness of the dangers of air pollution. The campaign was launched on October 20, 2016, and focusses especially on pollutants not visible to the human eye such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane.
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Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London

Air pollution affects everyone. It’s important to think in terms of ‘One atmosphere’. The World Health Organization says that air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk. It says there are 3.7 million deaths every year attributable to outdoor air pollution and 4.3 million deaths attributable to indoor air pollution. The very fine particles, like PM1, penetrate deep into the lungs inflame the cardiovascular system and can reach the brain and other vital organs. It is important to advise people about the dangers of air pollution and in particular PM1.
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Public awareness on the rise

The fact that air pollution is transboundary makes international cooperation a necessity and it is equally important to spread awareness globally.
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Take a Breath – Video

We breathe every four seconds, twenty-two thousand breaths a day. We breathe in more than 25 million particles with each breath we take.